SUMMIT, NJ - Summit High School Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick J. Scarpello is leaving his role -- and the Summit School District -- to accept the position at Assistant Principal in charge of Athletics at Montclair High School.

According to website sidelinechatter.com, the Montclair Board of Education approved Scarpello's hire on November 20. Scarpello had been in role at Summit High School for just over one full year, having been hired and approved in April of 2016 and beginning the job in July of that year.

At the time of his hire, Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang said, “I am impressed with Dr. Scarpello’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of athletics, his high energy, and his focus on students – both academically and athletically,. Throughout the interview process, Dr. Scarpello consistently talked about education-based athletics, and advocated that the goal of an excellent athletic program should be about developing strong, well-rounded student athletes. I am confident that he will bring an energetic, inclusive, and innovative approach to the athletic director position.”

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Scarpello came to the Summit Schools from Bolger Middle School in Keansburg as vice principal at Bolger Middle School. There he was responsible for building the master schedule and running the Positive Behavior Support in Schools program, which held students accountable for their behavior. 

Prior to that role, he worked at Hillsborough Township Public Schools from 2012 until 2014 as their assistant athletic director.

When he accepted his appointment on April 22, 2016, Scarpello said he had been in New Jersey since 2007 and, since his first coaching assignment, it had been his ultimate goal to become an athletic director. He added that he probably would not get to completely know the greatness of the Summit program until he assumes his new post.

Scarpello told sidelinechatter.com, “I’m very excited about coming to Montclair and really like the diversity of the community,” said Scarpello. “I enjoyed my last two years in Summit, but I was looking to find a place to spend the rest of my career that was diverse like where I grew up in Delaware, and in speaking to everyone about North Jersey schools that would be great to be an athletic director at to achieve such a situation, so many said ‘Montclair.’"

In the same article, it is mentioned that Summit will likely not delay Scarpello's departure and he, himself, references a hoped-for start date in Montclair of December 15.

When contacted about Scarpello's departure, a spokesperson for the Summit Public Schools said, "The District has not received a letter of resignation from PJ Scarpello yet."